Archbishop Desmond Tutu, South African anti-apartheid campaigner, dead at 90

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Archbishop Desmond Tutu, South African anti-apartheid campaigner, dead at 90

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and veteran of South Africa’s struggle against white minority rule, has died aged 90, the presidency said on Sunday.

Tutu was diagnosed with prostate cancer in the late 1990s and in recent years he was hospitalized on several occasions to treat infections associated with his cancer treatment.

“Ultimately, at the age of 90, he died peacefully at the Oasis Frail Care Centre in Cape Town this morning,” Dr Ramphela Mamphele, acting chairperson of the Archbishop Desmond Tutu IP Trust and Co-ordinator of the Office of the Archbishop, said in a statement on behalf of the Tutu family.

She did not give details on the cause of death.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu was diagnosed with prostate cancer in the late 1990s and in recent years he was hospitalized on several occasions to treat infections.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu was diagnosed with prostate cancer in the late 1990s and in recent years he was hospitalized on several occasions to treat infections.
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In 1984 Tutu won the Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent opposition to apartheid. A decade later, he witnessed the ends of that regime and he chaired a Truth and Reconciliation Commission, set up to unearth atrocities committed during those dark days.

“The passing of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is another chapter of bereavement in our nation’s farewell to a generation of outstanding South Africans who have bequeathed us a liberated South Africa,” President Cyril Ramaphosa said.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu chaired a Truth and Reconciliation Commission, set up to unearth atrocities committed during those dark days.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu chaired a Truth and Reconciliation Commission, set up to unearth atrocities committed during those dark days.
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Desmond Tutu, shown hugging Nelson Mandela, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his non-violent opposition to apartheid.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, shown hugging Nelson Mandela, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his non-violent opposition to apartheid.
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